Congratulations to Santa Clara Law Environmental Negotiation Team!

Santa Clara Law’s Student Negotiation Team took first place in the 9th Annual California Lawyer’s Association Environmental Law Negotiations Competition.   Yay! The team consisted of 2L Mikaela Burkhardt and 3L Yemi Akilo, with  HMCE Student Coach, Charles Huh 3L and Attorney Coach Jamie Ormond JD ’12 providing important support.

From left: Charles Huh 3L, Mikaela Burkhardt 2L, Yemi Akilo 3L, and Jamie Ormond JD '12

Silicon Valley’s Status Symbol


Buffy, Grape, and Opera

Here is a picture of my new Silicon Valley status symbols. (“New” only because I didn’t know previously that they were status symbols!)  Now, I will no longer need to get a Tesla.  [See this story for context:

Earthjustice President Search

Earthjustice’s President Trip van Noppen announced last November that he will be stepping down after a very successful 10 years at the helm.

There is now an ongoing search for a new President.  The position description is here:

Position: Clinical Supervising Attorney, Univ. Calif. Berkeley Environmental Law Clinic (Deadline: March 9, 2018/start date July 2018, Berkeley, CA)

An interesting job opportunity at UC Berkeley Law School that came across my email.

The UC Berkeley Environmental Law Clinic (ELC) is expanding to meet student demand, and we are delighted to be able to hire a full-time staff attorney (title, “Clinical Supervising Attorney”).  I’d be grateful if you would direct potentially interested candidates with 5+ years of experience, including litigation experience to our job posting at:

We envision a significant environmental justice component to the staff attorney’s docket, and are accordingly particularly eager to reach applicants of color/from underrepresented communities/with significant community lawyering experience or relevant professional networks.  

ELC is a legal and policy clinic designed to train law students in innovative and effective environmental advocacy, make a real world environmental difference through high-impact projects, and address the environmental legal needs of underserved communities. The Clinic undertakes projects local to global in scale, working on such diverse issues as mitigating climate change, reducing the burden of environmentally induced disease, ensuring potable water and sanitation services for all, increasing children’s access to nature, and supporting green workforce development. The Clinic enrolls primarily JD students, but also some MPP and LLM students. The Clinic also includes and mentors a small number of undergraduate auditors in its seminar in an effort to diversify the pipeline of those practicing environmental law. The Clinic’s work is collaborative and multidisciplinary, and involves partnerships with Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment; the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry; and the School of Public Health.

Fellowship Opportunity, Greenlining Institute

Here is an interesting fellowship opportunity shared with me by Kenneth Wang, a 3L at UC Davis Law School:

“The Greenlining Institute has two fellowship opportunities, either in energy policy or environmental equity for J.D. graduates.(

Summer Study in Singapore: “Business and the Environment” (May 21 -June 8, 2018)

Santa Clara University Law School is offering a study-abroad program in Singapore this coming summer (May 21-June 8), focused on “Business and the Environment.”  The course offers a comprehensive overview of legal issues located at the intersection of business, the environment, and climate change.  Students will gain a global and regional perspective through the study of international and comparative environmental law, as well as a comparative study of legal systems and traditions of the various nations within Southeast Asia such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. The course will also address business and tax issues that are associated with environmental issues. The faculty is drawn from U.S. and local law schools in Singapore and consists of internationally renowned experts in business and environmental law.

For additional info, please visit the program website:  Please share this info with any person who might be interested in this topic.

For questions, please contact Carly Koebel (program administrator) at or Professor Tseming Yang (program director) at